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Fabulous beaches, bird life, fishing ports, coastal walks and cycling, all on the doorstep.

 

There's miles and miles of Galloway's glorious coastline to explore with sandy beaches and rocky coves. The Machars and nearby Galloway Forest Park provide excellent walking and cycling for people of all abilities. The area is great for sea anglinggame fishing and coarse fishing

For foodies, lobster and crab can be bought straight off the boat in nearby Port William (1.5 miles). Saltmarsh lamb is a local speciality. Plus acclaimed whisky, from Bladnoch (5 miles), Scotland’s most southerly distillery. For a pint on the harbour or dinner, head to the beautiful Isle of Whithorn.

 

 

There are six golf courses within easy reach: the spectacular nine-hole coastal course at St Medan’s in Monreith (3 miles). A nine-hole course at Wigtown, and 18-hole courses at Glenluce (15 miles), Stranraer (25 miles), Newton Stewart (15 miles), and Portpatrick (25 miles). 

There are RSPB reserves at the Wood of Cree and at the tip of the Mull of Galloway. Closer to home, at the Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve, you can spot ospreys, whooper swans, pink-footed geese, pintails, golden plovers, twite, curlews, dunlin, whimbrels and black-tailed godwits. Plus loads of spotting from Burnside’s back garden: the record is 20 species – can you match it? 

  

 Wigtown, Scotland’s only designated ‘book town’ is 6 miles away. If it's all too much, stay in the garden, light the BBQ and put on some local seafood or lamb and watch the wildlife. Hare, deer, and stoats make the garden their own. If you're really lucky you might catch site of the otter that patrols the burn at the end of the garden.